I love everything makeup, but let’s be real – eyeshadow is the ultimate gateway to beauty addiction, and it is definitely my weakness. Zoeva is a brand I’ve seen countless bloggers/vloggers talk about, mainly for their brushes. The brand is sold on Beauty Bay in the UK, but I’d been reluctant to place an order due to my online shopping fussiness (I want to be able to swatch and play with stuff first, yaknow?). Eventually I caught wind that Zoeva was being stocked in The Beauty Workshop at Selfridges – this awesome big room that also has a NYX counter and stocks EOS, BeautyBlenders and other things that aren’t easy to get here (it’s great). I went to have a look while shopping on Oxford St with my sister and spent forever looking at the different palettes and brushes, which are all so lovely and pretty.
Sadly my bank account wouldn’t let me buy all of their stock, so I ended up choosing the Cocoa Blend Palette. It has 10 shadows, all of which are more warm and brown in tone, hence the name (which seems like a little nod to the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette). Four of the shadows are matte, and six are shimmery/glittery. All of the shadows are really soft and blendable, and every single shade is versatile and wearable – an absolute dream as far as palettes go. The shimmers are what really sold me on this palette, since I am a sucker for anything sparkly, and they are so gorgeous and intense (cue actual drooling).
Below are the descriptions for each shadow (from the Beauty Bay website):
- Bitter Start – Palest matte nude.
- Sweeter End – Shimmering duo chrome nougat.
- Warm Notes – Glittering cranberry purple.
- Subtle Blend – Metallic deep bronze.
- Beans Are White – Deep cocoa brown matte.
- Pure Ganache – Pure and luxurious metallic gold.
- Substitute For Love – Toffee brown with subtle shimmer.
- Freshly Toasted – Rich mahogany brown.
- Infusion – Matte dark brown infused with golden glitter.
- Delicate Acidity – Berry toned brown shimmer.
I’ve been using Bitter Start as a base for my shadow most days, and I think it might be my favourite from the palette. Substitute For Love and Freshly Toasted make for really lovely transition shades, and the shimmers look incredible either packed onto the lid or gently swept in the centre as a pop of sparkle. I’ve included finger swatches of each shadow below:
I love this palette, and will no doubt be using it until I hit pan on everything (also the packaging is super pretty and slimline). The palette retails for £18, and is available from Beauty Bay online and online/in-store from Selfridges.